A review by Niraja.
An electronic version of this book was supplied to the reviewer by the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Seamus is an Angel of Death. That is to say, he frees the souls of the dying when their time comes for them to move on to the eternal realm. In his years of service to the dying, he has helped the elderly, folks in accidents, and children all move on. He has performed his designed duties faithfully, trusting in the love and the story of his Da (Father). That is, until he is assigned to the drowning of a six-year-old redhead named Maren. Instead of assisting in her death, he is overcome with emotion and saves her life. Seamus must then decide: protect this girl and possibly become a fallen rogue, or go back and do what must be done to make things right? But everything is not all that it seems in this eternal story of love, devotion, and acceptance.
I have yet to read any other book with a theme and story elements quite like this paranormal romance. The book was unique to me not in its story of fallen angels or romance, nor in the theme of the divine love of God, but in the combination of the two ideas. The story is written in the third person, which allows for us to experience the events, thoughts, and feelings from both Seamus (our Angel) and Maren (his redheaded lass). I enjoyed being able to read each character’s perspective as this helps in understanding motives and relating to the characters. At times the perspective would switch from one character to another and back again within the same paragraph. This would cause me to become a bit confused and have to re-read the section. By the end of the story, I was used to it and appreciated how it could relate to the theme of a divine story that encompasses all of the world and God’s creations (angels and humanity). Seamus’s character was well defined in the story and we could see his growth, but Maren felt a little less solid to me even with the perspective switches.
Powers does a fantastic job of creating visual imagery with her words. I was able to see scenes and visualize characters’ appearances strongly in my mind which added to the allure of the story. There is a fair bit of angst and character growth and realization, especially with Seamus, that is common to this genre and that Ms. Powers does a great job of illustrating. There were some conflicts that seemed to come to too simple of an end and some themes that I would have liked to see explored a bit more. Some aspects of the ending were a bit confusing to me. However, it ends on a positive and joyful note that will be satisfying to folks who like their happy endings.
Overall the book explores some interesting themes related to love, romance, death, and God’s eternal story and plan. So if you like Christian romance and paranormal romance, this may be the book for you.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
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